ponderosa pine

noun
pon·​der·​o·​sa pine | \ ˌpän-də-ˈrō-sə- How to pronounce ponderosa pine (audio) , -zə-\

Definition of ponderosa pine

: a tall pine (Pinus ponderosa) of western North America with long needles usually in groups of two or three also : its strong reddish straight-grained wood

Examples of ponderosa pine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Where Douglas fir mortality is occurring, consider planting Willamette Valley ponderosa pine or hardwoods. oregonlive.com, "Western Oregon conifers continue to show damage from drought," 20 Aug. 2019 There are also mature stands of red fir, white fir, ponderosa pine and sugar pine. Peter Fimrite, SFChronicle.com, "Biggest private sequoia grove to be preserved in deal with Redwoods League," 17 Sep. 2019 At 12-foot increments, the fast-growing, straight ponderosa pines the Forest Service plants out west are perfectly optimized to get as big as possible, while still remaining close enough for their canopies to shade out competing trees and shrubs. Ian Willms, National Geographic, "Tree-planting programs can do more harm than good," 26 Apr. 2019 Incline Village is an affluent town of nine thousand people, perched on the north shore of Lake Tahoe and shrouded in ponderosa pines. Mike Mariani, The New Yorker, "A Town for People with Chronic Fatigue," 3 Sep. 2019 Many conifers, including western red cedar, incense cedar, grand fir and even valley ponderosa pine are succumbing, as well. oregonlive.com, "Western Oregon conifers continue to show damage from drought," 20 Aug. 2019 Towering ponderosa pines and fragrant cedars extend into town from the Sierra Nevada above. Kurtis Alexander, SFChronicle.com, "Fearful of being the next Paradise, Grass Valley confronts its fire vulnerability," 30 June 2019 Downed ponderosa pines became occasional flashpoints. Brian Melley, The Denver Post, "U.S. West struggles to hit goals of fighting fire with fire," 12 Aug. 2019 The project focuses on removing diseased and smaller trees and leaving old-growth ponderosa pine and Douglas fir behind. USA TODAY, "Penal farm to produce farm, music under the sea: News from around our 50 states," 16 July 2019

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First Known Use of ponderosa pine

1878, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ponderosa pine

New Latin ponderosa, specific epithet of Pinus ponderosa, from Latin, feminine of ponderosus ponderous

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